DELMONICO'S, near Wall Street, is a bit like The Restaurant at the End of the Universe in Douglas Adams' book of the same name. Get a window seat there right now and you can watch the universe end while you await your steak. But if you fancy tamer fare then try a restaurant in Kuala Lumpur. Get a window seat there now and you'll be entertained by the end of the Malaysian Government.
The death throes of Prime Minister Abdullah Badawi's Government are fascinating. Like someone who cannot swim but who has just been thrown overboard, Abdullah is grabbing at anything to try to save himself. So far, he's gone for that developing-world tool of choice: jailing dissenters. That's a pity because these days Malaysians are more sophisticated than that.
Read the rest of Michael Backman's take on how Malaysia's Government is crumbling, but the Opposition is stumbling.
I must disagree with the notion, however, that the Opposition is all about one man.